One of the tanks featured close to, if not all, the different fish featured in the Pixar film 'Finding Nemo'. I snapped a few kind of blurry pictures with my phone and played a bit with the filters in Instagram and ended up with decent shots (although blurry and not always well-composed. Fish move fast, and are not great models). The whole set up was very colourful.
I've been back in a painting slump. I have two projects on the go. One, I have to have done by mid-july, but I'm stuck at a point where I'm kind of freaked out about messing it up, and the other I am at a standstill with until I can talk to a guy about getting my hands on a stencil because it involves lettering and well.. free-hand lettering is not my strong suit.
So I decided to do a quick one off using one of pictures of the fish from the Finding Nemo tank.
|Acrylic on 6x6 Masonite board|
I'm not sure if you're supposed to prime them, since they say on the label that they are already Gesso'd. So, I decided to forgo the Gesso and just dive in.
I found it really hard to get a matte finish without visible brush-strokes. In an attempt to correct this, I mixed some retarder with the cobalt blue, hoping to make a smoother finish.
In a happy accident, I found that while it didn't help me get rid of the brush strokes, it did mean I was able to kind of scrape away some colour when it came time to add the plant and Nemo in the foreground.
I actually like the way you can see the heavy brush-strokes in the plant.. Unfortunately, I scraped away too much in areas, and you can kind of tell where I tried to repaint the background.
I really like the vibrant colours and high-contrast in this piece (and the original photo).